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Hummingbird Photography at Huntington Beach Central Park

Every year at this time, the bloom of the Pride of Madera can attract hundreds of hummingbirds to a very small garden crisscrossed by walking paths—the perfect setting to hone your photo skills. We’ll share basic techniques for shooting these tiny, fast birds. All skill levels are welcome. Bring your telephoto lens (the longer the better); tripod and flash equipment are optional. We’ll spend a few hours with the hummers, so bring water and snacks. Parking and restrooms are a short walk from the garden. More details will be sent after your RSVP. No trip fee but please consider a $5 donation to Camera Committee at the meeting. 

Leader: Allan Der
Assistant Leaders: Joan Schipper, Steve Anderson

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  • Joan S.

    Glad to have you in the group, Suren. Hope to see you on an outing soon. Looks like you did a great job capturing the HB wings in motion. I don't know what's up with your color balance. Maybe Allan and/or Steve can comment on that.

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • Allan D.

      Some cameras have less noise, many image editing software can reduce noise. You need to find how much ISO you can push in your workflow.

      April 22, 2014

    • Surendra

      Thanks for the feedback Allan.. I am surely gonna try all of it.... :)

      April 22, 2014

  • Allan D.

    Great participants, you guys made it a great outing, thank you all! See you at next monthly meeting.

    April 21, 2014

  • Surendra

    I joined the group this week after seeing all your photos of this meetup and went yesterday morning to the park.... My pics didn't came as great as all you guys (being very beginner in photography as well in camera kit ).. But wants to thanks for all the details & tips you all have posted.... Will be looking forward to join for future meetups....

    April 20, 2014

  • Andreas (Andy) S.

    Allen,
    thank you very much for organizing and presenting this wonderful photography workshop. I enjoyed meeting nice people, learning new things and taking photographs of hummingbirds.

    April 14, 2014

  • Fernando

    Thanks for the tips Allan & Joan. Good seeing you 2 again. I uploaded a couple of my humble shots :)

    April 14, 2014

  • Gayle

    I didn't make the list for the hummingbirds but I would appreciate comments from those who go about their camera settings--ISP, shutter speed, aperture--and any other useful information. I'd like to try photographing them around my neighborhood. Gayle

    April 12, 2014

    • Joan S.

      Still more to add to the above. Consider using some kind of continuous shutter release and get a burst of shots that might yield the right orientation of HB to flower. Allan does not do this but a lot of people out there today did. Hope this gets you going. If you get anything good, please let us know if this tips helped. Hope you can come out next time and benefit from the experience and camaraderie that was floating around today. Good luck!

      April 13, 2014

    • Allan D.

      HB Central park means Hummingbird Central Park? Shooting the bird profile is better, fast shutter speeds I shoot wide open, f:2.5 or 5.6. I bump up ISO to 1000 to as high as 3000 with my camera. Shutter usually 1/8000 if possible. You can set camera to aperture priority wide open, bump up ISO of 3000, turn on the flash (set to -1 stop or less just for fill). My flash extender is from: http://www.naturescap...­

      April 14, 2014

  • Gayle

    Thank you so much for your comments, Joan and Allan. Any other comments from anyone will help me work on my birding, especially in flight and especially hummingbirds.
    HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE NEXT BIRDING? I DON'T WANT TO MISS IT!!

    April 14, 2014

    • Joan S.

      Camera Committee members get advance notice of workshops and outings before they go up on Meetup. Get more information about our group here http://angeles.sierra...­. Or if you want to ask questions, feel free to contact me -[masked]

      April 14, 2014

  • Joan S.

    My heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out today and contributed their skill, observation and good humor. I think this activity is my favorite of all the Camera Committee recurring events. You are all so generous!

    April 13, 2014

  • Steve

    Glad to see so many enthusiastic bird lovers and people wanting to learn something new about photography.

    April 13, 2014

  • Karen M.

    A nice group of people. Well thought out Meetup. Great birds and weather.

    April 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun morning. Wonderful.

    April 13, 2014

  • Allan D.

    Here is a list of the birds I saw around the garden area: House Finch, House Sparrows, Crows, Ravens, Western Gull, Ring Billed Gull, Mallard, Canada Geese, Western Flycatcher (pair), Black Phoebe, Coopers Hawk, Redwing Blackbirds, Lesser Goldfinch, Coots, Great Horned Owl, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Canvas Back, Downy Woodpecker, Bushtits, Allen's Humming Bird, Anna's Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, and Common Yellowthroat. Not a bad list for not actively birding.

    April 13, 2014

  • Allan D.

    Thanks for coming and making it a great day, sorry if you never made it off the waitlist, I'm glad some of you got to go. Post some photos guys.

    April 13, 2014

  • John C.

    Sorry I can not attend. Glad someone else on the waiting list will be able to go.

    April 11, 2014

    • Allan D.

      John, thanks. I've already moved down the wait list.

      April 11, 2014

  • Allan D.

    Carpooling: There should be plenty of parking, if you would like to carpool, you can make arrangements on this conversation area. Say you need or can give a ride and your general location. I live nearby so I will not be carpooling.

    April 11, 2014

  • Allan D.

    I sent links to the trip sheet, if you can't get to it, let me know.

    April 11, 2014

  • Allan D.

    I checked out the shooting site today and had 30mins to grab a few shots. Posted them here http://www.meetup.com/Sierra-Club-LA-Camera-Committee/photos/21004212/

    April 11, 2014

  • Allan D.

    All on the trip, I have sent out the link to the trip directions, let me know you can't get to the link include your email address and I will send it direct. If you can't come, please change your RSVP to not coming so people on the waiting list can come.

    If you your status changes from wait list to coming, send me a email and I will send you the trip sheet.

    Check here for any last minute information. See you out there.

    Allan

    April 6, 2014

  • Allan D.

    April 2, 2014

  • Allan D.

    I will scout the park next week to check the conditions. I will send more details when it gets closer. For those on the wait list, I know there will be some drop outs, hang in there.

    March 28, 2014

  • Allan D.

    March 14, 2014

  • Joan S.

    I'm glad to see the participant list for this outing filling up. If anyone is considering attending, know that Alan has been doing this for a long time and has some great tips. Plus we have some very talented and generous photographers in the participants list. If you are on the fence, have a look at the photo gallery from last year's Hummingbird outing. You'll be hooked.

    1 · March 12, 2014

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